The new 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is the German automaker's latest and greatest luxury land yacht.
2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS
Well, the Maybach GLS 600 doesn't feel all that much different than a standard GLS from behind the wheel. That's hardly a bad thing since we think the GLS is one of the best SUVs on sale today.
Very, and not just in terms of the excellent and pillow-soft ride quality. It's dead quiet inside, with next to no wind or road noise entering the cabin. The exhaust note, too, is subdued until you really dip into the gas pedal. You get a nice growl that offers just a hint of that AMG-derived flair without being attention-grabbing. Mercedes added a fixed partition behind the rear seats. That means you can't fold the rear seats down, but the partition greatly cuts down on the noise that enters the cabin.
As you'd hope — or expect — the Maybach GLS 600 has one of the most handsome and well-appointed interiors of any vehicle on sale today. Just about every surface is covered in leather or wood. Everything you touch has a solid premium feel, and nothing inside looks or feels cheap.
The Maybach GLS is fitted with every last bit of tech Mercedes-Benz has to offer, and all of it is standard equipment. Mercedes' excellent MBUX infotainment system is one of the best around, with a clean, responsive interface, robust and genuinely useful voice commands, and trick features such as an augmented reality overlay for the navigation system. Rear passengers can control the system from a removable tablet that's mounted between the seats, too, so there's no need to ask your chauffeur to change the radio station or adjust the temperature. There are also screens mounted on the back of the front seats that can be used to watch videos.
Despite the GLS 600's size, storage is one of its weakest areas. There are plenty of cubbies, bins and pockets up front, but fitting larger items into the cargo area can be troublesome given the lack of folding rear seats and fixed partition. Its 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats is more than you'll find behind the third row of a standard GLS, but that's peak capacity. If you opt for the refrigerated compartment, you lose even more space since the cooler juts into the center of the cargo area. There's still a decent amount of room, but don't expect to be able to haul the same amount of cargo you would in a typical large luxury SUV.
The 2021 Maybach GLS 600 comes in a single well-equipped trim level. It's powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 paired to a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Just about everything that's optional or available on the regular GLS is standard on the Maybach.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS 600 takes one of the best luxury SUVs on sale today and dials up the luxury factor even further. It's not as practical as its three-row brethren, but we hardly think you'll care when you're sipping Champagne from your massaging rear seat while your chauffeur handles driving duties.